The National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs) is a powerful, free tool to assist law enforcement officers, medical examiners, coroners, allied criminal justice professionals, and the family members of missing persons in resolving these cold cases. NamUs combines online database technology with forensic and analytical resources to solve long-term missing and unidentified person cases.
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NamUs Administrative Coordinator
Ruth Rodriguez-Dunnahoo began her professional career in law enforcement in 1985 as a Warrant Clerk with the Fort Worth City Marshall’s Office. In this capacity, she confirmed warrants for the Police Information Center, collected warrant fees, and provided Spanish to English translation services for the courts and officers.
Following her time with the Marshal’s Office, Ruth accepted a position with the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office. Over the next ten years with Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office, she served as an Inmate Release Officer, Identification Officer, Confinement Officer, Transport Officer, Security Control Officer, Warrant Clerk, Warrant Officer, Extraditions Officer, and Public Awareness Officer. In addition to these positions, she translated inmate rule books, performed background investigations, and worked with the patrol and auto theft divisions. From 1999 to 2000, she worked in the Tarrant County Adult Probation division as an Administrative Coordinator in charge of supervising employees, keeping probationers’ records, and purchasing/inventory of supplies.
For the next two years, Ruth was a stay-at-home mother.
In May 2002, Ruth accepted her first position with the University of North Texas Health Science Center as a Clinical Specialist with the Paternity Lab, located in the Pathology Department. In this capacity, she wrote standard operating procedures, accessioned paternity cases, and collected DNA samples. In 2006, Ruth transferred to the Forensic and Investigative Genetics Department with the UNT Center for Human Identification as an Evidence Custodian Supervisor. In this role, she supervised evidence custodians, accessioned evidence and entered cases, translated for family members, and collected DNA swabs.
In September 2013, Ruth accepted her current position as an Administrative Coordinator for NamUs, where she manages purchasing, facilitates staff travel and reimbursements, and supports the NamUs Directors with other administrative services. She also provides Spanish translation services to families of missing persons via email and telephone, and provides assistance to stakeholders through the toll-free NamUs hotline. She also responds to DNA inquiries and assists stakeholders with NamUs registration and case entries.Contact Information: